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UPDATE – McPherson Barber Avoids Arrest for Opening Shop

**UPDATE – Original Story Below**

A Kansas barber who opened his shop in defiance of an order from Governor Laura Kelly will not face charges after he agreed to remain closed for another week.

Kelly’s order prohibits barbershops from opening because of the coronavirus pandemic until May 18th.

Luke Aichele, who owns Luke’s Barber Shop in McPherson, opened his business last week, and posted on social media that he had been served with an arrest warrant.

Two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Kansas, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall and Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, both posted tweets over the weekend supporting Aichele’s efforts to reopen.

The McPherson County Attorney says he dropped charges related to not complying with the governor’s orders after Aichele agreed to remain closed until May 18, The Wichita Eagle reported.

“He volunteered that,” the county attorney said.

“This all came from Luke. He has stepped up above and beyond, and I couldn’t ask for a better community member.”

The Eagle said Aichele has declined to speak to reporters and could not be reached Monday.

 

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A barber in McPherson says he was threatened with arrest last week for violating Governor Laura Kelly’s order that barbershops be closed, then was told that the warrant was rescinded.

Barber Luke Aichele reopened his shop – Luke’s Barbershop – last Monday.

KWCH reports that Aichele says the barbers in his shop wear masks and sanitize their hands between clients.

The barber chairs are six feet apart.

Aichele says that he closed when Governor Laura Kelly ordered barbershops to close, but that he has used all of his savings since then.

Aichele says he decided to open early because he and his employees have not received any unemployment, and need to provide for their families.

Aichele says authorities had issued an arrest warrant for him, but late Saturday night, he says the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office rescinded the warrant.

Police referred questions from the media to the county prosecutor.

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